Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up

Here's your latest arts and entertainment round-up with Des O’Driscoll.
Scene + Heard: Entertainment news round-up
T2 Trainspotting opens today

Music

Adam Clayton seems to have stepped into the limelight a bit as U2’s rep in the media. The band’s bassist is on The Works on RTÉ One next Tuesday talking about his interest in art, and has also been speaking to Rolling Stone about the upcoming Joshua Tree tour.

Notably, he tells the magazine how he didn’t really enjoy the original gigs back in 1987. “It should have been an extraordinarily, freeing, joyful opportunity but it was actually quite a tough time trying to deliver those songs under the pressure of growing from an arena act to a stadium act,” he says.

Also speaking to Rolling Stone recently has been Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, who reveals she believes her father was murdered. “It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it.

It was a setup,” says the 18-year-old in an interview where she also describes how much she misses the father she lost when she was just 11.

Gigs

The big gig announcements this week were Neil Diamond for the 3Arena in Dublin on October 10, and Ride for the Olympia on March 22.

In Cork, the White Horse Winter Festival continues at the Ballincollig venue over the weekend with Jack O’Rourke tonight, the Frank & Walters tomorrow, and various other gigs and discussions. US guitar maestro Preston Reed is in DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, on Feb 9.

Films

You’ve probably read the online fuss about the announcement of the name of the next Star Wars film.

The Last Jedi, which will hopefully feature some of the scenes filmed in Cork and Kerry, will be released in December. Meanwhile, as La La Land looks set to sweep every prize from Oscars to Nobel (well, if Dylan won it!?), there are two more big films with a strong music influence opening today.

Animated feature Sing has the cast of cute critters performing classics from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen and Queen; while T2 Trainspotting also has a rather nifty soundtrack. Triskel in Cork this weekend has Spike Lee’s Chi-raq, and French film The Unknown Girl (La Fille inconnue).

T2 Trainspotting opens today
T2 Trainspotting opens today

Despite the fact that The Childhood of a Leader is set in post-WWI Europe, and tells of the early years of a boy who would go on to become a fascist dictator, the makers of the well-received film say it’s not specifically about Hitler.

It shows at Cork Cine Club at St John’s College on Thursday. Finally, the Audi Dublin Film Festival (February 16-26) has unveiled an impressive lineup of films, and is bookended by two widely-praised Irish creations, Maudie and Handsome Devil.

Theatre

These are good days for theatre-goers in Cork. Kevin Barry’s work Autumn Royal is in the midst of a sell-out run at the Everyman, while tickets recently went on sale for The Same by Enda Walsh.

That play has Walsh reunited with his old Disco Pigs chums, Corcadorca, and stars sisters Catherine and Eileen Walsh in a piece that will be performed at the former Cork prison near The Glen. Also, two of Walsh’s earlier works are about to get a run at the Abbey in Dublin: Arlington (Feb 10-25) and Ballyturk (March 3-11).

Everything else

The Graham Norton Show tonight is a Trainspotting special, with Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, and Robert Carlyle among the guests. Des ‘Twinkletoes’ Bishop is at the Everyman in Cork tonight and tomorrow with his Grey Matters show.

Finally, happy birthday to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who would have been 261 today. Cork pianist Fionnuala Moynihan plays some of his sonatas in Triskel today at lunchtime.

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